Semantics of Senior Living
Now that baby boomers are reaching retirement age, the country is seeing increased demand for services and healthcare provisions.
With increased care options, comes new terminology that more accurately depicts today’s versatile senior care and senior living options.
The Evolution of Senior Living
Today’s senior care terminology promotes not only dignity for aging baby boomers, but also represents how senior living options have changed over the years.
Politically correct is just more tactful, after all. The terms “nursing homes” and “old folks homes” sometimes have a stigma of white-walled, institutional settings we’re scared to visit. However, this no longer represents the care options of today as independent and assisted living offer a plethora of appealing amenities and socialization.
From salons, golf courses, gardening programs, luxurious interior design and gourmet dining, baby boomers have reinvented the proverbial wheel. ALFA couldn’t have said it better:
“As assisted and senior living evolves to meet the needs of the baby boomer generation, we must continue to refine philosophy and discussion of our service venue. In order to accomplish this task it is essential assisted living vocabulary reinforces choice, dignity and independence. The words we speak convey our philosophy and direct our actions.”
So how have senior living terms changed? Get your vocabulary lesson below:
- “Tour” is now: Visit
- “Patient” is now: Resident
- “Elderly” is now: Elder
- “Bed” or “Unit” is now: Apartment, Room, Suite
- “Assisted Living Facility” is now: Assisted Living Community/Communities, House or Residence
- “Long-Term Care” is now: Senior Living
- “Admission” and “Discharge” are now: Move-In and Move-Out
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